Eastern Spadefoot - Scaphiopus holbrookii


*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

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Subspecies: No subspecies recognized.


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Species Range:  Massachusetts and southeastern New York south to the Florida Keys, west to eastern Louisiana, eastern Arkansas and southeast Missouri. Absent from many higher elevations, especially in the Appalachian region.

Louisiana Range:  The Florida Parishes.


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Global Conservation Status:  Eastern Spadefoots have a relatively wide distribution in the eastern United States and a presumed large population, and thus, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Eastern Spadefoots have a ranking of S3 (rare and local throughout the state – 21-100 known extant populations) in Louisiana.

*** If you live in the range of this species in Louisiana and believe you may have observed this species please let me know (take a picture if possible), as there may be more unknown populations in the state.***

Author's Remarks: I finally found this species in Louisiana in May 2022 at private property near Folsom. I have not herped much in their range in the Florida Parishes. I also have seen this species in the Florida Panhandle and the Gainesville area.

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